The Power of Self Love

The path to a happy, healthy life lies in how well-nourished your mind, body and soul are on a regular basis. Learning self-love can drastically change the course of your life. And no, it’s not always chocolate, bubble baths and retail therapy.

When thinking of the word “nourish” or considering self-love and care, you will discover words like cherish, nurture, foster or nurse, as well as to provide the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good conditioning. But rarely do you hear people say they eat to nurture, nurse or for growth.

Consider the following ideas to help nourish and care for your spirit:

  1. Connect with something bigger than yourself.
  2. Surround yourself with supportive people.
  3. Learn and grow.
  4. Do what you love.

It can also be about how you choose to nourish your body. How is all this related to the food and the decisions we make around food, you ask?

Decisions we make around food often relate directly to other things happening in our life. Understanding the basis for the decisions can be very helpful in developing a successful plan. It requires us to step out of the situation to be able to reflect and make healthy decisions.

As you begin to think about how you would like to get started “nourishing” your whole body, ask yourself these questions:

  • Blaming or punishing ourselves for our current health situations will never lead to positive sustainable outcomes. Choose to see the situation for what it is at this moment and pledge to work on making the situation better because you are worth feeling better. That is self-love.
  • What are my current eating challenges? Recognize what your issues are around food and whether a “diet” can “fix” those challenges. Remember, changing your diet can help you in developing a healthier lifestyle in the long run, as opposed to “dieting,” which is only temporary.
  • Gather information about the eating approach or diet you are planning. Just because Lucy Su lost 30 pounds, doesn’t mean that the approach will do the same for you.
  • We all come from different places in life and with different layers to our health journey. Addressing the struggles that lie beneath those layers can present a sense of freedom when we are open to addressing them.
  • Define success as it relates to nourishing your body in a broader way. Success is not necessarily measured in pounds lost or immediate changes in blood pressure. Success may be that you are feeling better, feeling empowered by your eating, or consistently doing one thing for yourself daily that is positive.
  • Nurture your spirituality. Embrace the love and energy that flows through you when you feel a connection to something.

People eat because they are hungry, or they eat certain foods because they want to lose weight or gain muscle. Maybe they are managing a disease or they are eating simply because it is time to do so. But really, do you ever eat just because it’s there?

Have you decided after reading this blog that you want to do more to nourish and care for your mind, body and soul? Leave a comment and tell us where you’re going to start. 

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